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On Tap Next Month? Beer!

It’s not just conferences picking Whistler as the backdrop for doing business. Now in its second year, the Whistler Beer Festival will be held from September 11 to 14 in the resort town. The festival has doubled in size to an expected 4,000 attendees, and will feature selections from more than 50 breweries, 25 of them from B.C. The big attraction is a “Best in Fest” competition, whereby three breweries are awarded draft-beer contracts for distribution in Whistler bars and pubs; rather than bestow titles or hand out prize money, the festival organizers wanted an award that offered lasting benefits to both the breweries and participating local businesses. Organizers Liam Peyton and Harrison Stoker of Gibbon’s Life plan to launch beer festivals across Canada, starting with a Vancouver event in 2015. —Kristen Hilderman